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2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four Schedule

Syracuse is a surprise Final Four team after storming back to defeat Virginia in the Elite Eight. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)
Syracuse is a surprise Final Four team after storming back to defeat Virginia in the Elite Eight. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four Schedule

The 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament is nearing its end with just four teams left to this point. The tournament may be close to over, but some of the action will live on for many years (Northern Iowa’s win over Texas and collapse against Texas A&M are just two examples).

Here are the results of First Four, First RoundSecond RoundSweet 16, and Elite 8. An updated Bracket can be found here.

The three remaining games will all take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas with the National Semifinals on Saturday evening and the National Championship on Monday night. The final three games will all be on TBS, the first time the National Championship game will not be shown on CBS in 35 years. The National Championship will return to CBS in 2017 and alternate between the two channels through 2024.

The Villanova Wildcats and Oklahoma Sooners will play in the first game of the Final Four while the all-ACC battle between the Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels will be the nightcap on Saturday evening.

Final Four Schedule

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
4/2/2016 6:09 PM #2 Villanova  95 #2 Oklahoma  51 TBS, TNT, TruTV Houston, Texas
4/2/2016 8:49 PM #10 Syracuse  66 #1 North Carolina  83 TBS, TNT, TruTV Houston, Texas

National Championship

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
4/2/2016 9:00 PM #2 Villanova  77 #1 North Carolina  74 TBS, TNT, TruTV Houston, Texas

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Elite 8 Schedule

#24 Dillon Brooks and the Oregon Ducks dispatched the defending National Champions Duke to advance to the Elite 8. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament Elite 8 Schedule

The 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament has been pared down to 8 teams and will be cut in to the Final Four by the end of the weekend. The 2016 Final Four will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

There have been many exciting games and, of course, the big upsets along the way. Here are the results of First Four, First RoundSecond Round, and Sweet 16. An updated Bracket can be found here.

Below is the schedule for the Elite 8 broken down by region first and then each day. The matchups along with start times and TV channels have been added.

East Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/27/2016  8:49 PM  #6 Notre Dame 74 #1 North Carolina  88  TBS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Midwest Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/27/2016  6:09 PM  #10 Syracuse  68 #1 Virginia  62  TBS Chicago, Illinois

West Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/26/2016 6:09 PM #2 Oklahoma  80 #1 Oregon  68 CBS Anaheim, California

South Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/26/2016 8:49 PM #2 Villanova 64 #1 Kansas  59 CBS Louisville, Kentucky

Saturday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/26/2016 6:09 PM #2 Oklahoma  80 #1 Oregon 68 CBS Anaheim, California West
3/26/2016 8:49 PM #2 Villanova  64 #1 Kansas  59 CBS Louisville, Kentucky South

Sunday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/27/2016 6:09 PM #10 Syracuse  68 #1 Virginia  62 TBS Chicago, Illinois Midwest
3/27/2016 8:49 PM #6 Notre Dame  74 #1 North Carolina  88 TBS Philadelphia, Pennsylvania East

The Good And Bad From The Opening Round Of March Madness 2016

Bronson Koenig's buzzer beating three pointer defeated Xavier to cap an incredible opening four days of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)

The Good And Bad From The Opening Round Of March Madness 2016

The 2016 version of March Madness has been just that: Madness. Brackets were busted early and then completely blown up by the end of the first round. For as much fun as the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament has been, there have been some bad parts of it as well. Below we will take a look at the good and bad from the first four days of the 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The Good

  1. Upsets Galore – #15 Middle Tennessee defeated one of the National Title favorites and #2 seed Michigan State in the first round. Double digit seeds won left and right (#13 Hawaii over #4 Cal, #11 Wichita State over #6 Arizona, #12 Yale over #5 Baylor, #11 Northern Iowa over #6 Texas, #10 VCU over #7 Oregon State, #10 Syracuse over #7 Dayton, #11 Gonzaga over #6 Seton Hall, #12 Arkansas-Little Rock over #5 Purdue, and #14 Stephen F. Austin over #3 West Virginia). That all made for some great action, particularly on Friday.
  2. The ACC – The Atlantic Coast Conference has put a record 6 teams through to the Sweet 16 (Miami (FL), North Carolina, Notre Dame, Duke, Syracuse, and Virginia). That is incredible to have 38% of the remaining field, but it also came down to some favorable matchups like Syracuse against Middle Tennessee. However, that is no fault of the ACC as their teams delivered.
  3. “Mid-Majors” – This was a good tournament for the upsets (see above), but the “Mid-Majors” got plenty of support in close games and some great stories. Stephen F. Austin got 33 points from Thomas Walkup, who played incredibly against West Virginia and had a solid game against Notre Dame. Yale won their first ever Tournament game against Baylor. Hawaii defeated Cal. Northern Iowa captivated the nation not once, but twice against teams from the state of Texas. First it was Texas and this buzzer beater, but then it was their collapse against Texas A&M. Saint Joseph’s played a great second round game against top seeded Oregon. Finally, Middle Tennessee going toe-to-toe with Michigan State was easily the biggest story of the first round. Mid-Majors should not be discounted in the future when picking brackets.
  4. The #1 Seeds – The top four seeds in the Tournament all looked good on the first weekend, but also faced some competition at times. Kansas took a big lead against UConn before that dwindled, but the Jayhawks fended off that challenge. North Carolina had a close first half against Florida Gulf Coast and Providence, but dominated the second half of those games to pull away. Virginia and Oregon had tough second round games against Butler and Saint Joseph’s, respectively. However, they were able to get through those games and move to the Sweet 16. The top seeds look mighty tough, but this is March Madness afterall and we have seen that anything is possible.

The Bad

  1. Brackets – Michigan State was picked to win a lot of brackets and their upset loss ended any hopes of a prefect bracket on CBS Sports. The Spartans’ loss did other damage to Final Four picks as well according to CBS Sports. Here is my 2017 New Year’s Resolution: Do not fill out a bracket.
  2. The Referees – The inconsistency of the officials calling the Tournament made it frustrating to watch at times. Between Duke and UNC-Wilmington, the referees called every soft foul imaginable while other games would let them play. Constant foul calling stems the flow of the game for TV viewers, but how frustrating must that be for a player on the floor? One thing that needs to be looked at is how much contact to allow. It does come down to each referee, but how can one game have a foul called 80 feet from the basket for putting a hand on a player’s hip and another not call a push off?
  3. Game Management – You can call this the Northern Iowa Special. The Panthers blew a 12 point lead with 35 seconds left in the game and then lost in double overtime to Texas A&M. They are not the only team to make questionable calls though. Xavier was up three in the final 10 seconds, but opted not to foul the Badgers’ shooters. Wisconsin subsequently tied the game and then Bronson Koenig hit a three at the buzzer to end Xavier’s season. Purdue deserves mention as well for letting Little Rock comeback late in the game and losing in double OT. There was also near comebacks by Wichita State (trailed 27-6 to Miami) and Yale (down as much as 27 to Duke), but those two were not able to complete the miracle comebacks.
  4. Seeding/Selection Committee – The NCAA Basketball Selection Committee did a bad job selecting teams last Sunday. It turns out they did a bad job of seeding the teams as well. Stephen F. Austin deserved better than a 14 seed as did Middle Tennessee at 15. And this was before the games were played. It is easy to pile on the Committee after the fact, but some of the seeding was questionable beforehand. In addition, the scheduling for Wichita State was brutal. The Shockers had a late game on Tuesday, late game on Thursday, and an early game on Saturday, which may have contributed to them starting as flat as they did.
  5. Wisconsin versus Pittsburgh – This was about as ugly a game to watch in recent tournament memory. The Badgers won 47-43 after scoring only 16 points in the first half. The teams combined to go 35 of 101 from the field and 7 of 30 from beyond the arc. The 90 total points were the fewest since 2000 in the NCAA Tournament. The game was wretched, but Badger fans felt greatest about the result and were lifted in the second round too.

Let’s hope the final two weekends give us as much entertainment as the first weekend provided.

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Round Schedule

Brice Johnson will lead the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
Brice Johnson will lead the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)

2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Round Schedule

The 2016 NCAA Basketball Tournament First Round Schedule is known after the release of the bracket on Sunday. There were many surprises (check Twitter for the numerous snubs depending on the point of view) and some formalities (Kansas as the top overall seed and North Carolina as a one seed as well). The First Round schedule will not include the First Four schedule, which can be found here.

The First Round Schedule will go in order of each region while a schedule for both Thursday and Friday can be found near the bottom of this post. The games for each region will be listed in order of the pairings (i.e. #16 versus #1 will be listed first, #9 versus #8 will be listed second, etc.).

East Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/17/2016 7:20 PM #16 Florida Gulf Coast  67 #1 North Carolina  83 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina
3/17/2016 9:50 PM #9 Providence  70 #8 USC  69 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina
3/17/2016 7:10 PM #12 Chattanooga  74 #5 Indiana  99 CBS Des Moines, Iowa
3/17/2016 9:40 PM #13 Stony Brook  57 #4 Kentucky  85 CBS Des Moines, Iowa
3/18/2016 9:40 PM #11 Michigan  63 #6 Notre Dame  70 CBS Brooklyn, New York
3/18/2016 7:10 PM #14 Stephen F. Austin  70 #3 West Virginia  56 CBS Brooklyn, New York
3/18/2016 6:50 PM #10 Pittsburgh  43 #7 Wisconsin  47 TNT St. Louis, Missouri
3/18/2016 9:20 PM #15 Weber State  53 #2 Xavier  71 TNT St. Louis, Missouri

Midwest Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/17/2016 3:10 PM #16 Hampton  45 #1 Virginia  81 TruTV Raleigh, North Carolina
3/17/2016 12:40 PM #9 Butler  71 #8 Texas Tech  61 TruTV Raleigh, North Carolina
3/17/2016 4:30 PM #12 Arkansas-Little Rock (2 OT) 85 #5 Purdue  83 TBS Denver, Colorado
3/17/2016 2:00 PM #13 Iona  81 #4 Iowa State  94 TBS Denver, Colorado
3/17/2016 9:57 PM #11 Gonzaga  68 #6 Seton Hall  52 TruTV Denver, Colorado
3/17/2016 7:27 PM #14 Fresno State  69 #3 Utah  80 TruTV Denver, Colorado
3/18/2016 12:15 PM #10 Syracuse  70 #7 Dayton  51 CBS St. Louis, Missouri
3/18/2016 2:45 PM #15 Middle Tennessee  90 #2 Michigan State  81 CBS St. Louis, Missouri

West Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/18/2016 7:27 PM #16 Holy Cross  52 #1 Oregon  91 TruTV Spokane, Washington
3/18/2016 9:57 PM #9 Cincinnati  76 #8 Saint Joseph’s  78 TruTV Spokane, Washington
3/17/2016 2:45 PM #12 Yale  79 #5 Baylor  75 CBS Providence, Rhode Island
3/17/2016 12:15 PM #13 UNC Wilmington  85 #4 Duke  93 CBS Providence, Rhode Island
3/18/2016 9:50 PM #11 Northern Iowa  75 #6 Texas  72 TBS Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3/18/2016 7:20 PM #14 Green Bay  65 #3 Texas A&M  92 TBS Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3/18/2016 1:30 PM #10 VCU  75 #7 Oregon State  67 TNT Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
3/18/2016 4:00 PM #15 Cal State Bakersfield  68 #2 Oklahoma  82 TNT Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

South Regional

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location
3/17/2016 4:00 PM #16 Austin Peay  79 #1 Kansas  105 TNT Des Moines, Iowa
3/17/2016 1:30 PM #9 Connecticut  74 #8 Colorado  67 TNT Des Moines, Iowa
3/18/2016 4:30 PM #12 South Dakota State  74 #5 Maryland  79 TBS Spokane, Washington
3/18/2016 2:00 PM #13 Hawaii  77 #4 California  66 TBS Spokane, Washington
3/17/2016 9:20 PM #11 Wichita State  65 #6 Arizona  55 TNT Providence, Rhode Island
3/17/2016 6:50 PM #14 Buffalo  72 #3 Miami  79 TNT Providence, Rhode Island
3/18/2016 3:10 PM #10 Temple  70 #7 Iowa (1 OT)  72 TruTV Brooklyn, New York
3/18/2016 12:40 PM #15 UNC Asheville  56 #2 Villanova  86 TruTV Brooklyn, New York

Thursday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/17/2016 12:15 PM #13 UNC Wilmington  85 #4 Duke  93 CBS Providence, Rhode Island West
3/17/2016 12:40 PM #9 Butler  71 #8 Texas Tech  61 TruTV Raleigh, North Carolina Midwest
3/17/2016 1:30 PM #9 Connecticut  74 #8 Colorado  67 TNT Des Moines, Iowa South
3/17/2016 2:00 PM #13 Iona 81 #4 Iowa State  94 TBS Denver, Colorado Midwest
3/17/2016 2:45 PM #12 Yale  79 #5 Baylor  75 CBS Providence, Rhode Island West
3/17/2016 3:10 PM #16 Hampton  45 #1 Virginia 81 TruTV Raleigh, North Carolina Midwest
3/17/2016 4:00 PM #16 Austin Peay  79 #1 Kansas  105 TNT Des Moines, Iowa South
3/17/2016 4:30 PM #12 Arkansas-Little Rock (2 OT)  85 #5 Purdue  83 TBS Denver, Colorado Midwest
3/17/2016 6:50 PM #14 Buffalo  72 #3 Miami  79 TNT Providence, Rhode Island South
3/17/2016 7:10 PM #12 Chattanooga  74 #5 Indiana 99 CBS Des Moines, Iowa East
3/17/2016 7:20 PM #16 Florida Gulf Coast  67 #1 North Carolina  83 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina East
3/17/2016 7:27 PM #14 Fresno State  69 #3 Utah 80 TruTV Denver, Colorado Midwest
3/17/2016 9:20 PM #11 Wichita State  65 #6 Arizona  55 TNT Providence, Rhode Island South
3/17/2016 9:40 PM #13 Stony Brook  57 #4 Kentucky  85 CBS Des Moines, Iowa East
3/17/2016 9:50 PM #9 Providence  70 #8 USC  69 TBS Raleigh, North Carolina East
3/17/2016 9:57 PM #11 Gonzaga  68 #6 Seton Hall  52 TruTV Denver, Colorado Midwest

Friday Schedule (By Start Time)

Date Time (EST) Team #1 Road Score Team #2 Home Score TV Location Regional
3/18/2016 12:15 PM #10 Syracuse  70 #7 Dayton  51 CBS St. Louis, Missouri Midwest
3/18/2016 12:40 PM #15 UNC Asheville  56 #2 Villanova  86 TruTV Brooklyn, New York South
3/18/2016 1:30 PM #10 VCU  75 #7 Oregon State  67 TNT Oklahoma City, Oklahoma West
3/18/2016 2:00 PM #13 Hawaii  77 #4 California  66 TBS Spokane, Washington South
3/18/2016 2:45 PM #15 Middle Tennessee  90 #2 Michigan State  81 CBS St. Louis, Missouri Midwest
3/18/2016 3:10 PM #10 Temple  70 #7 Iowa (1 OT)  72 TruTV Brooklyn, New York South
3/18/2016 4:00 PM #15 Cal State Bakersfield  68 #2 Oklahoma  82 TNT Oklahoma City, Oklahoma West
3/18/2016 4:30 PM #12 South Dakota State  74 #5 Maryland  79 TBS Spokane, Washington South
3/18/2016 6:50 PM #10 Pittsburgh  43 #7 Wisconsin  47 TNT St. Louis, Missouri East
3/18/2016 7:10 PM #14 Stephen F. Austin  70 #3 West Virginia  56 CBS Brooklyn, New York East
3/18/2016 7:20 PM #14 Green Bay  65 #3 Texas A&M  92 TBS Oklahoma City, Oklahoma West
3/18/2016 7:27 PM #16 Holy Cross  52 #1 Oregon  91 TruTV Spokane, Washington West
3/18/2016 9:20 PM #15 Weber State  53 #2 Xavier  71 TNT St. Louis, Missouri East
3/18/2016 9:40 PM #11 Michigan  63 #6 Notre Dame  70 CBS Brooklyn, New York East
3/18/2016 9:50 PM #11 Northern Iowa  75 #6 Texas  72 TBS Oklahoma City, Oklahoma West
3/18/2016 9:57 PM #9 Cincinnati  76 #8 Saint Joseph’s  78 TruTV Spokane, Washington West

Check back for final scores and updated matchups following the First Four games as well as the during the first round.